University of Missouri-Kansas City Conservatory / Theatre
The Patricia McIlrath Endowed Professorship of Theatre Arts is an
esteemed professorship in the Conservatory and the university.
Endowed Professors are outstanding leaders in scholarship, teaching
and service and are among the most prestigious positions in the
university. These prominent scholars provide leadership and service
to the university and the surrounding community. This endowed
professorship is offered as tenure-eligible at the Associate or
Full Professor rank.
Chair of the division will provide vision for the theatre program
and for collaboration, both within and outside of the university;
serve as the liaison between the theatre faculty and Conservatory
administration; supervise faculty activities in the Theatre
Division, to include teaching load assignments, conducting teaching
observations, submitting annual evaluations of each faculty member
in the division, making hiring recommendations to the Dean of the
Conservatory, and managing personnel issues; oversee all theatre
curriculum, including curricular modifications, assessment of
degree plans, and student enrollment; work with Dean, Associate
Dean, and Production Manager on Theatre budget; advocate for
division faculty members and their shared concerns and mission;
coordinate division meetings, performances, masterclasses, and
guest artists; guide and support the production season and act as
artistic liaison with producing partners; teach courses in area of
specialization; lead efforts in recruitment; mentor students’
creative work during the production season; maintain a
national/international profile as an artist and/or scholar;
contribute to the performance, academic, and service environments
characteristic of a Conservatory within a university; enrich the
cultural environment of the Kansas City metropolitan community;
participate actively in the intellectual life of the Conservatory
and university by serving on graduate and faculty committees, as
well as engaging in other Conservatory activities; other duties as
assigned, based on the candidate’s strengths and the needs of the
Successful and innovative experience as a theatre instructor in a
university setting and a record of creative scholarship/research to
support rank as an Associate/Full Professor.
Successful leadership experience in a university setting;
significant professional experience and reputation at the
national/international level in a theatre discipline; demonstrated
ability to attract, retain, and mentor quality undergraduate and
graduate students from differing backgrounds; strong commitment to
teaching and mentorship; terminal degree in theatre, or equivalent
professional experience; significant academic credentials and
standing required for tenure at UMKC and the rank of associate
professor or professor in the Conservatory.
Full Time/Part Time
This is a full time, ranked, tenure eligible, benefit eligible,
nine-month faculty appointment with expectations for summer
administration as division chair. The appointment starts Fall of
Rank and tenure will be commensurate with qualifications and
experience. Salary is negotiable, competitive, and commensurate
with qualifications, experience, and internal equity.
Review of application materials will begin October 1, 2022 and will
continue until the position is filled.
Applications must be submitted through this UMKC recruitment
portal. Please complete the application form and upload the
following requested materials.
Applicants should combine all application materials: a cover letter
that addresses the candidate's qualifications, interest in the
position, and curriculum vitae including educational background,
previous academic appointments, and artistic credentials into one
PDF or Microsoft Word document and upload as the resume attachment.
Limit document name to 50 characters. Maximum size limit is 11MB.
Please do not include special characters (e.g., /, &, %,
If you are experiencing technical problems, please email
For questions about the position, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
including the name of the position.
The UMKC Conservatory is internationally recognized as a center for
artistic excellence, innovation and cultural engagement with our
communities. The UMKC Conservatory produces about 500 performances
each academic year. A distinguished group of artists, scholars and
educators, our faculty are passionate about art and dedicated to
helping students create their place in a changing world. For more
than a century, UMKC Conservatory has been a center for Kansas
City’s cultural resources.
On the University of Missouri's designated performing arts campus,
the UMKC Conservatory is an educational community that advances
creativity, performance, scholarship and learning in the arts. We
are a vital partner in Kansas City's rich cultural environment,
providing the highest level of professional instruction and an
extensive array of performances. As a community, we collaborate to
balance tradition and innovation with differing backgrounds and
unity, as we seek to serve art and humanity.
principles at the UMKC Conservatory.
Equal Employment Opportunity
Equal Opportunity is and shall be provided for all employees and
applicants for employment on the basis of their demonstrated
ability and competence without unlawful discrimination on the basis
of their race, color, national origin, ancestry, religion, sex,
pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression,
age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other status
protected by applicable state or federal law. This policy shall not
be interpreted in such a manner as to violate the legal rights of
religious organizations or the recruiting rights of military
organizations associated with the Armed Forces or the Department of
Homeland Security of the United States of America. For more
information, call the Vice Chancellor - Human Resources at
Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with
disabilities to perform the duties and functions of this job. If
you believe you may have difficulty performing any of the duties or
functions of this job, please contact the Office of Affirmative
Action at (816) 235-1323.
EEO IS THE LAW
To read more about Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) please use
the following links:
UMKC Statement on Diversity
University of Missouri System Values Commitment
We value the uniqueness of every individual and strive to ensure
each person’s success. Contributions from individuals with diverse
backgrounds, experiences and perspectives promote intellectual
pluralism and enable us to achieve the excellence that we seek in
learning, research and engagement. This commitment makes our
university a better place to work, learn and innovate.
In your application materials, please discuss your experiences and
expertise that support these values and enrich our missions of
teaching, research and engagement.
We offer full benefits that start day one, generous paid time off,
paid winter break, and continuing education benefits. Visit our
page to learn more.
Also, explore the Total Rewards website
to learn more about the
rewards package we offer to acknowledge our employees as the
university's most important r esource.